This Saturday, October 3rd at Noon, there will be a discussion of Local Journalism Sustainability Act (2020 HR 7640), the issues involved, and how it tries to address them. This legislation could offer tax credits for local media, their subscribers and advertisers To participate in this event, click on the link below to register:
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We invite comments about this from candidates to represent parts of the greater Kansas City area in the US Congress and others. Dean Baker, a co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, shares some of his thoughts on citizen-controlled subsidies for media, of which HR 7640 would be one possible implementation. Professor Ruby L. Bailey, Executive Editor, Columbia Missourian and Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair, University of Missouri School of Journalism, comments on the challenges facing local newspapers, especially in Missouri, and how HR 7640 may or may not respond appropriately to those needs. Mark Masson, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association, provides some commentary. This will be broadcast on KKFI on Thursday 10/8 on the Local Showcase Show at 8:00 PM, and will be excerpted from the virtual (Zoom) forum on this issue October 3.